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Text Messages Are Approved For Nationwide Alert System

Associated Press April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators approved a plan to create a nationwide emergency alert system using text messages delivered to cellphones.
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KVOA News 4, Tuscon, Arizona. 13 August 2006
TUCSON A text-messaging system being tested in the Tucson area provides parents with a new means of being notified when high school students are absent.

Arizona Daily Star. 13 August 2006
Kids’ truancy to prompt text message to parents. By Kimberly Matas.
Three Tucson-area high schools are the first in the nation to test a text-message system that alerts parents when their children skip class.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates are working through their foundation to overcome what they believe are urgent problems faced by American schools. The foundation commissioned a study, The Silent Epidemic, that identified lack of communication between parents and high schools as a factor causing students to drop out.

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Bill and Melinda Gates appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in April 2006 to voice their concerns about America's school system and to propose solutions.

Time magazine-Oprah Winfrey Show Poll

A poll conducted by Time magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Show found that 89% of respondents considered the school dropout rate to be somewhat or very serious, and 83% felt that stronger methods to cut down on truancy would be somewhat or very effective in increasing graduation rates.